Emerson Network Power recently announced the Avocent Data Center Planner, a visual infrastructure management and planning software suite for the data center.
While Emerson’s data center planner Aperture is already on the market, a company spokesperson explained that what sets Avocent apart is that it is designed for monitoring smaller data center environments, and is especially adept at managing rack level capacity and provisioning at this smaller scale. Aperture, on the other hand, is best for bigger or multiple data centers.
Avocent provides information on where equipment is located, its current capacity and a timeline of projected growth. Because of this visual interface that forecasts data center growth, including how rack capacity could fluctuate with changes over time, IT managers will be able to improve energy efficiencies of their data centers more effectively, according to Emerson.
Features of the Avocent Data Center Planner include an enhanced drag-and-drop interface, and planning features that include the ability to view multiple plans from a single screen. In addition, the interface updates graphics as equipment is installed or moved around within the infrastructure. Also on the interface, IT managers can view the assets currently in production via on-demand access to asset information. The single repository also eliminates the need for system audits.
The product is available now. You can view more on the Avocent line of products on its website.
Included below is a screenshot of the rack timeline feature which shows rack capacity changes over time: